From Nicholas Kristof's editorial in the Times today:
It's entirely possible to honor Christian conservatives for their first-rate humanitarian work treating the sick in Africa or fighting sex trafficking in Asia, and still do battle with them over issues like gay rights.
Liberals can and should confront Bible-thumping preachers on their own terms, for the scriptural emphasis on justice and compassion gives the left plenty of ammunition. After all, the Bible depicts Jesus as healing lepers, not slashing Medicaid.
The gadfly of all things good, Jack Spong, has a new book out. Kristof's editorial is sort of a review of it.
Bp. Spong has figured out that Judas didn't betray Jesus, that St. Paul was "a self-hating gay", and that Jesus was "probably married to Mary Magdalene".
Spong's book is very valuable according to Kristof:
This book is long overdue, because one of the biggest mistakes liberals have made has been to forfeit battles in which faith plays a crucial role. Religion has always been a central current of American life, and it is becoming more important in politics because of the new Great Awakening unfolding across the United States.